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ENG 100 Children's Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. Children's Literature is a wide-ranging introductory course, including a history of both British and American literature for children and a continuing discussion of the ways our culture and history have defined and created what chidren may or may not be and what they may or may not read, enjoy or understand. The class reads a variety of material including fairy tales, picture books, and young adult novels. Students will develop criteria for the selection and evaluation of literature for children at different developmental stages. Students will explore current debates in and around children's literature, scholarship, classroom use, and publishing. This course features multi-cultural materials and touches on a variety of media, including film, cartoons, television, and print. Though many students who take the course are, or will be, working with children, the course also addresses children's literature from a literary perspective, discussing the texts from theoretical as well as a pedagogical framework. A major aim of the class is to introduce students to recent and emerging authors to broaden familiarity with current material available to young people.
 

ENG 104 Introduction to Literature: Fiction

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This course will present to the student a wide range of fiction from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in critical analysis, basic literary terminology, and concepts which will enhance appreciation of fiction. The course may include the short story and the novel or novella. May be offered online.
 

ENG 104_H Introduction to Literature: Fiction

This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This course will present to the student a wide range of fiction from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in critical analysis, basic literary terminology, and concepts which will enhance appreciation of fiction. The course may include the short story and the novel or novella. May be offered online.
 

ENG 105 Introduction to Literature: Drama

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This course will introduce the student to a wide variety of world plays which may include classical Greek drama, Shakespeare, and modern works of today. Students will engage in reading, writing, and discussion of the plays they read. May be offered online.
 

ENG 105_H Introduction to Literature: Drama-Honors

This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. This course is a reading, writing, and discussion course that features critical analysis and appreciation of a wide variety of world plays beginning with the classical Greek period and ending with works of today.
 

ENG 106 Introduction to Literature: Poetry

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This course will present to the student a wide range of poetry from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in the consideration of poetic technique and expression. Theme, structure, and style will be emphasized, as well as the elements of poetry. At the discretion of the Instructor, students may also be required to participate in creative writing assignments to gain insight into the nature of poetry. May be offered online.
 

ENG 106_H Introduction to Literature: Poetry

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. This course will present to the student a wide range of poetry from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in the consideration of poetic technique and expression. Theme, structure, and style will be emphasized, as well as the elements of poetry. At the discretion of the Instructor, students may also be required to participate in creative writing assignments to gain insight into the nature of poetry. May be offered online. This course also meets Lane Degree requirements that are fullfilled by the same course number without the _H.
 

ENG 107 Survey of World Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. Survey of World Literature is a three-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important world writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. The class is intended primarily for students who aspire to a broad education and who want to expand their reading experience and interpretive skills. The material coves the ancient and medieval eras.
 

ENG 109 Survey of World Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. Survey of World Literature is a three-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important world writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. The class is intended primarily for students who aspire to a broad education and who want to expand their reading experience and interpretive skills. The material covers the nineteenth century until the present day.
 

ENG 151 Black American Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success. This course will offer students an intense examination and exploration of black authors. Students will analyze and respond to a wide variety of issues, critical questions, and perspectives regarding how to interpret and define the journey of African Americans and where this path might eventually lead. Novels, short stories, poems, biographies, and critical essays will be studied.
 

ENG 194 Literature of Comedy

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Literature of Comedy is a one-term course to acquaint students with representative works of literature defined by tradition as comedy, including essays, poems, plays, short fiction, film, and novels. The class is intended for students who aspire to pursuing a broad education and who want to expand their reading experience, interpretive skills, and their understanding of the literary genre of comedy as works which affirm community, explore love, and portray restoration in human life, even as they make us laugh.
 

ENG 201 Shakespeare

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. One scholar suggests that Shakespeare's works "remain the outward limit of human achievement"; they fascinate us because we "cannot catch up to them." Nevertheless, we will have fun running after them. This survey explores the works of Shakespeare, covering 3-5 plays and at least one sonnet each term. Instructors might divide the plays by theme, genre, or chronology. ENG 201 may include Romeo and Juliet.
 

ENG 203 Shakespeare

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. One scholar suggests that Shakespeare's works "remain the outward limit of human achievement"; they fascinate us because we "cannot catch up to them." Nevertheless, we will have fun running after them. This survey explores the works of Shakespeare, covering 3-5 plays and at least one sonnet each term. Instructors might divide the plays by theme, genre, or chronology. ENG 203 may include Hamlet and/or King Lear.
 

ENG 204 Survey of British Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Survey of British Literature is a two-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important British writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. The material for the first term comes from the Anglo-Saxon era, the Middle English period, and the Renaissance, through Milton. Each course may introduce students to different methodological perspectives/lenses through which to read and interpret literary texts, and may include developing an understanding of the social, political and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and interpreted. Primary emphasis is on reading and engaging with the literary materials.
 

ENG 205 Survey of British Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Survey of British Literature is a two-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important British writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. The second term includes British literature of the late 17th century through the modern period. Each course may introduce students to different methodological perspectives/lenses through which to read and interpret literary texts, and may include developing an understanding of the social, political and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and interpreted. Primary emphasis is on reading and engaging with the literary materials.
 

ENG 215 Latino/a Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This is an introductory course to Latino/a literature that will examine some of the major issues that have influenced its development beginning with the contact between European and pre-Columbian cultures. Students will also read some of the major voices in Latin American literature in order to examine how their work anticipates many of the issues facing contemporary Latino/a writers in the United States.
 

ENG 217 Reading, Writing and Digital Culture

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) strongly recommended for success. This course combines research into the impact of 21st century technologies and new media on the study of literature and culture with the use of digital humanities methods to analyze texts and create new knowledge and new theoretical and ethical considerations and other developments in the field.
 

ENG 222 Literature and Gender

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course will examine representations and/or investigations of gender in literature. While some literature chosen for the course may thematically focus readers on the gender roles assigned to people at different points in time in relation to a given culture, other literature will explore the ways in which gender is a socially constructed identity. Critical thinking will play a role as students consider concepts such as social norm, gender construction, subject position, self-other paradigms, and ideology. Feminist models of literary criticism may be considered.
 

ENG 232 Native American Literature, Myth and Folklore

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course provides an introduction to the oral traditional and formal written literature of Native American cultures through a wide variety of texts from different countries, tribes, regions, and individuals. Students will examine the world view expressed in the literature, the major thematic currents of oral and written Native American literature, the characteristics of Native American forms and traditions, and the characteristics it shares.
 

ENG 240 Nature Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. People have always explained themselves and their world according to how they define and perceive their relationship with nature. The Nature Literature course will examine how literature reflects mythological, theological, philosophical, and scientific views toward nature. Readings will include fiction, poems, non-fiction, and personal essays that project a variety of attitudes toward nature. Students will keep regular journals in response to their readings and experiences, and will also do their own pieces of "nature writing".
 

ENG 243 Native American Autobiography

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course will introduce students to a new way of seeing the world they live in as they read the lives of Native Americans written by themselves. Autobiographies studied will range from early historical works narrated and translated by anthropologists to modern works by Linda Hogan and N. Scott Momaday. These texts will be studied in their historical contexts, as well as their cultural contexts. Speakers and films will play an important role in this course. The goal of the class is to present a fuller picture of the voices and visions of Native Americans.
 

ENG 244 Asian American Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. The course will familiarize students with the literature written by American writers of Asian ancestry. The course may also engage students in materials written by American writers of Pacific Islander ancestry. Students will consider such literature in its aesthetic, historical, cultural, political, and social contexts. The class will also examine recurring themes regarding the development of attitudes, values, and identities as expressed within the body of literature.
 

ENG 250 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. The nature and formal principles of studying folklore and myth will be introduced and illustrated through a variety of texts, folk artifacts, and thematic ideas, including world-wide examples that extend beyond Western cultures. Students will examine folkloric elements in their own and each other's backgrounds, as well as textbook examples of folklore and folk life from regional, ethnic, age, gender, or work groups. Students will consider how myth informs their own and each other's backgrounds, as well as examine textbook examples of myth and mythic themes, motifs, and archetypes from regional, ethnic, age, gender, or work groups. The course will introduce students to formal approaches to a variety of folklore and myths, and explore the relationship between myth, culture, and society. Folklore and myth will also be considered from a cross-cultural perspective.
 

ENG 253 Survey of American Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Survey of American Literature is a two-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important American writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. Primary emphasis is on reading and engaging with the literary materials, with an introduction to practices of literary interpretations. Questions of genre, authorship, aesthetics, and literary movements may be examined in their relationships to social, political, and intellectual movements in the United States. The first term will draw on material from colonial settlement in the Americas through the Civil War period.
 

ENG 254 Survey of American Literature

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Survey of American Literature is a two-term sequence to acquaint students with representative works of important American writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. Primary emphasis is on reading and engaging with the literary materials, with an introduction to practices of literary interpretations. Questions of genre, authorship, aesthetics, and literary movements may be examined in their relationships to social, political, and intellectual movements of the United States. The second term will include literature from the end of the 19th century to the present.
 

ENG 257 The American Working Class in Fiction and Non-Fiction

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. Using the concept of the "American Dream" to examine work, class, and social mobility, students can appreciate the power of class to shape our individual lives and our culture. A prevailing belief in America is that we are a "classless" society. However, this literature course includes fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, poetry, and documentaries that explore ways that the inequalities of class, ethnicity, race, and gender interrelate to sustain the power and interests of economic elites.
 

ENG 260 Introduction to Women Writers

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course will introduce students to the richness and variety of literary works written by women. Issues that concern women writers, the impact of stories, and how class, race, and gender work to construct the stories we live by will be central to the course. Students will consider fiction written by women writers in a global context historically to the present day. The course will include an introduction to feminist literary theory and will introduce students to a variety of literary genres and styles, including the slave novel, sentimental, realistic, and postmodern fiction.
 

ENG 261 Science Fiction

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course explores science fiction, fantasy and speculative futures through literary and popular fiction, film and guest authors. Discussions of content, styles, techniques and conventions of the genre will be central to the course.
 

ENG 270 Bob Dylan: American Poet

College-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121) are strongly recommended for success in this course. This course will focus primarily on the poetry and poetics of Bob Dylan's work. Textual analysis will lead to understanding of syntax, imagery, narrative tactics, and other poetic elements. Students will gain familiarity with the range of Dylan's poetic genres. As with any literature course, we will examine how meaning is produced through words and sound. Dylan's musical and literary sources, and his influence in our culture, will also be explored.
 

ENG 282 Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels

This course introduces students to the academic study of comics and graphic novels, focusing on these forms as literary productions, asking questions about how and why these forms are written and read. Students will encounter a variety of comics and graphic novel forms with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of editorial cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels and how they communicate, inform, and emotionally engage audiences.
 

ENG 298 Independent Study:

A variable credit course based on independent study contracted between an instructor and a student.
 
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